Archives for July 2016

Dr. Oliver Markley on Austin Kindness and Wisdom

Oliver joins us outside to discuss why he was called to live in Austin and his idea of what Austin can contribute to World Peace:

Family Constellations with Anne Beversdorf

Anne Beversdorf is an internationally known astrologer and author and her materials can be found at Anne is also known locally for her life altering Family Constellations. These sessions can be lengthy and very powerful and will result in the participant’s gaining new insight into how the lives of his family have affected that person’s own life.

A Commonwealth of Consciousness

Hill Country News Faith Column on July 14, 2016

20120220-_MG_Small6032By Chuck Robison

The dictionary definition of Liberty is: “the power or scope to act as one pleases”, and as July 4th reminds us, we love to celebrate our Liberty. But somehow in my lifetime, we have voluntarily allowed ourselves to give up much of that power. And the fault lies directly at our own feet.

We have allowed ourselves to become members of the Great American Herd Instinct, following others most of the time without thinking through the price or consequences of our own actions. We go, as if electrically prodded, on paths that are not in our own best interests. One thing is sure; none of these paths will lead to a positive future by winding through the past.

There is a good chance that in this dynamic year of 2016 many people will Wake Up long enough and soon enough to decide to change things for the better. Plenty of people seem to want to change our government somehow, but when you Wake Up enough, you realize that Government is Middle Management and middle management is tripping all over everybody to make the owners happy.

The owners, in our case, are those following the Golden Rule: He who has the most gold rules. The one simple fact that the two major parties are in play to spend One Billion Dollars, each, on the election for the Presidency…and who knows how much on the lesser offices….is proof enough that our Oligarchy is not democratically inclined.

When you are willing to spend $1 Billion on anything, you do so to get a very big return. Our Golden Rule Oligarchy wants us to mind their rules, take what we are given and remember that only money counts when it comes to the value of our individual votes or lives. In short, this is the end of our Liberty.

Can we Wake Up? Do we have the power to Wake Up? Are we conscious enough to Wake Up? That remains to be seen, but it is certainly the hope of many…..who are already awake.

The Owners care not a whit if we battle each other on sides that have been manipulated to have us believe that the other side is the enemy…and if we get too rowdy, Middle Management has drones, bullets, police, military who can be ordered in to “Bring Peace.” And if you are reading this article, you know this is a distinct possibility.

So let’s focus on the Impossible. The Owners and Middle Management did not give us our liberty. Our great, great, great, great grandparents took it for themselves, and they did the impossible by changing their thinking, creating new ideas about how they would like to live and how to get there. There is strength in numbers and we number about 330 million. As Franklin said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately”. By constantly allowing ourselves to be manipulated into at least two camps, which cannot communicate with each other, we cannot ever stand together.

But if we are willing to ignore our differences and come together in A Commonwealth of Consciousness we can forget trying to return to a past that we know does not work any more and begin creating a new future that will work for us just as well as our forefathers invention worked for them.

This is the moment and Now is the hour when we must demonstrate our higher selves and the unity we all share on that spiritual level, by working together to create a new way of living with each other and the world. Liberty: we do have the power to please ourselves by creating a new way of communicating with each other. It will come from the fearlessness of our hearts, not the complexity of our minds. We must lead by becoming the Real Golden Rule and doing to each other as we wish done to ourselves.

After every conflict there is one question for the survivors, and that was also the question posed before the conflict began: How do we live with our neighbors?

Heaven Help Us!

20120220-_MG_Small6032By Chuck Robison

I am pretty sure that heaven already exists right here on Earth, so I am not worried about the accommodations.

I have studied many of the near death reports of people who have been there and come back and I anticipate the following. There will be a meeting with a Being who I will identify as God. Together we will review my life and my interactions with everyone in my life. I will be asked to judge how I lived and I will probably be reeling at the discovery of how many people I mindlessly hurt along the way. The Being will then tell me that none of that was important. What really counted was what I learned in my interactions with all others prior to death. And He will ask me that question. Whatever I have learned in this lifetime will determine the curriculum for my next life on earth. Of course I believe in reincarnation, don’t you?

I will then meet all the people in my life who are, by then, in Heaven. I am already amazed to know that each and every one of them…..especially the ones most difficult to deal with in this life….are powerful eternal spiritual beings who worked with me to learn the lessons my soul needed to learn in this life time. And we will all be together again on Earth to learn the next round of lessons and our souls will continue to grow eternally.

Finally, I will learn again the lesson I am learning now. I am an eternal spiritual being. I’m already where I thought I was going and I have already won the prize. Now there is nothing to do but sit back and enjoy eternity. Now and forever. It’s called Peace on Earth and the Peace that Passes All Understanding.

Austin Kindness and Wisdom: Olivia Reynolds

Olivia Reynolds discusses her experience with kindness and what she has learned of wisdom at age 20.

This is the third in the Austin Kindness and Wisdom Servies

New Science on Forgiveness

Chuck Robison continues to refine his work on New Science and Forgiveness. This time at Unity in the Heart of Austin.

What Difference Does It Make?

Hill Country News Faith Column on July 8, 2016

20120220-_MG_Small6032By Chuck Robison

Perhaps you have noticed yourself getting emotionally involved in the current political discussion. We are in some kind of time zone where this emotional response is happening all over the world. You may even be saying, why have the preachers gone from preaching to meddling in politics?

Here is the simple answer: we believe our faith informs our lives…..all of our lives in all aspects, no exceptions. And we also observe that most folks resist changing their secular beliefs to conform to their religious beliefs. Preachers don’t like to hear that. With Bible in hand, we believe our power comes from an eternal God in whose creation we live and move and have our being.

We also observe that we, like sheep, are easily led along the paths of our most deeply held fears.  So two politicians appear and each claims that he or she will bomb the Middle East into oblivion…. part or all of it.  They will do this because thousands of people have been killed in terrorist attacks in this century and therefore we Americans, are justly called to destroy millions of these people.

Currently, most religions, at the leadership level, condemn wholesale killing. That was not always true. When Columbus sailed west across the Sea of Darkness in 1492 – with the express understanding that he was authorized to “take possession” of any lands he “discovered” that were “not under the dominion of any Christian rulers” – he and the Spanish sovereigns of Aragon and Castile were following an already well-established tradition of “discovery” and conquest. After Columbus returned to Europe, Pope Alexander VI issued a papal document, the bull Inter Cetera of May 3, 1493, “granting” to Spain – at the request of Ferdinand and Isabella – the right to conquer the lands which Columbus had already found, as well as any lands which Spain might “discover” in the future.

Thus, the Doctrine of Discovery allowed Immigrant Americans to terrorize and kill more than 100,000,000 Native Americans and civilize the rest by putting them into reservations. We have been living with this Doctrine of Discovery now for five hundred years, so when politicians say we are justified in nuking an entire section of the world and all the people in it, they are at least consistent with our history.

But don’t you find it strange that our two presumptive presidential candidates, both billionaires, are calling for the nuclear destruction of the Middle East, all or in part? And we of faith argue over which candidate is better, rather than reeling backwards in horror over the solutions both propose.

If our faith really mattered, from the Ten Commandments to Jesus injunction to love our brothers (and we now have almost 8 billion brothers and sisters), we would repel and reject and censor anyone calling for the annihilation of hundreds of millions of people. What we have is a remarkable silence.

There is at least one exception. Here is how the Dali Lama sees it: “War and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill and burn human beings.

We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous – an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its’ very nature is one of tragedy and suffering.”

So as we bask in the afterglow of another Great American Independence Day Celebration, ask yourself: Should I take the injunctions of my religion seriously or should I follow my fear based instincts when politicians call on me to support bombing another part of the world?